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North Shore (Greater Vancouver)

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The North Shore, as seen from downtown Vancouver. To the right are the City and District of North Vancouver, and to the left is the District of West Vancouver.

The North Shore (of Burrard Inlet) is a term commonly used to refer to several areas adjacent to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada:

It is renowned for its proximity to nature, varied outdoor recreation opportunities (especially mountain biking) as well as historically significant west coast modernist architecture.



Attractions include Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, and the three Vancouver's North Shore mountains - Cypress Mountain, Grouse Mountain, and Mount Seymour.

In the winter, there are a number of snow sports and winter activities available. The three mountains offer skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, tubing, and tobogganing with runs and trails for all skill levels. The North Shore is also well known for Holiday attractions the Peak of Christmas, and Canyon Lights featuring the World's tallest Christmas tree.

In the summer hiking and watersports are popular activities. The North Shore’s famously steep incline, composed of six mountain peaks: Black, Strachan, Hollyburn, Grouse, Fromme, and Seymour Mountains – offer perfect terrain for adventurers who like nothing better than lacing on a pair of hiking boots. Vancouver's North Shore is known for a number of challenging and breathtaking hiking opportunities, popular trails being: The Grouse Grind, Lynn Canyon Park, Quarry Rock, Norvan Falls, Dog Mountain, and Cypress Mountain.

Watersports such as canoeing, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding are popular in Deep Cove during summer months. West Vancouver's Whytecliff Park is known as one of the best places in British Columbia for scuba diving.

Vancouver's North Shore also hosts a number of events that draw visitors from across Canada and beyond. The Harmony Arts Festival is a ten-day arts festival taking place in West Vancouver every summer, The Coho Festival is a celebration of environment protection and nature’s annual miracle of salmon returning to North Shore rivers and streams held every September in Ambleside, West Vancouver, and the Shipyards Night Market is a summer market taking place May-September with over 100 vendors selling fresh food and locally made products, live music, beer garden and much more!

The Polygon Gallery recently opened at Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver. The gallery is a non-collecting Canadian public art gallery with a focus on photography and media-based art.


Access to these municipalities is limited by geography. Three major bodies of water - Howe Sound to the west, Burrard Inlet to the south, and Indian Arm to the east - and the rugged peaks of the Coast Mountains to the north serve to isolate the North Shore from the rest of the Lower Mainland. Two road bridges (the Lions' Gate Bridge and Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Crossing) connect to the city of Vancouver and the Trans-Canada Highway. The only other road access is by way of Highway 99 from the north, or through the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal from Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast. The SeaBus passenger ferry, a part of the Lower Mainland's transit system, connects Lonsdale Quay with Vancouver in downtown Vancouver.

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